The whole world’s listening to downbeat shite. We overdid the good times, now we can’t sleep at night.
Or so someone wise once said, another late night whisper from the stereo speakers. And as far as good advice will travel, that’s my evening’s tunes sorted – introspective and maudlin it is; the planned trip through the Earth, Wind and Fire back catalogue, replete with hand actions and a rather fetching gold codpiece, will have to wait for the weekend.
Below the words: ‘Now Ends The Beginning’ by The Advisory Circle. Because in the absence of any call to arms to something such as Lou Reed’s Berlin we’re not told the exact flavour of come-down soundtrack the songwriter was referring to (you’ll know him by the way. That singer. If you don’t I’m disappointed; must try harder. I should probably also point out that shite is catch-all terminology in this part of the world. Interchangeable with thing, and Berlin is in many ways an astonishing LP that qualifies as shite only in this context, and downbeat in every other). Ergo, we’re left to improvise if we’re going to fit in with what everybody else is listening to.
UK types may recognise the strung-out slo-mo tendrils of this track backstopping a recent Stewart Lee dénouement. One of those television things they have now – the bit where the emphasis of the stand up routine is refracted through experimental set pieces not necessarily comedic. ‘Now Ends The Beginning’ is also one of those fascinating track / dodgy album scenarios, although that’s not really the point. As downbeat shite, amplified through the context of wine, headphones, and lying on the bare floorboards again, it’s possible to crawl inside this track (or at least have it crawl inside you – repeated plays help), and let thoughts percolate. The thin line between slapstick and tragedy. Do try it.
The Advisory Circle / Now Ends The Beginning